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Professional ​

Paul Donhauser won state, national, and international awards for his ceramics, painting, and mixed media work throughout his career. He was bestowed with the highest honors for his teaching; over 40 years at University Wisconsin-Oshkosh helping art students learn and grow.


“Art is my life,” he observed. “It’s my existence; it influences my perceptions and responses. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like baseball.”


Professor of Art 1965-2005

Department of Art, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Instructor of Art - Ceramics and Design

Visiting Professor of Art
Department of Art, Lawrence University. Appleton, WI.

Visiting Artist-in-Residence Program 1982

School of Fine Arts, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.

Artist in Residence 1970
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Gatlinburg, TN.

Chairman of Ceramics Dept 1960-1963

Madison Area Technical College. Madison, WI. 


Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Master of Science, Studio Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Doctor of Philosophy, Studio Arts and Art History, Illinois State University- Bloomington-Normal

  • Who’s Who in American Art, 1979, 1984, 1990, 1999.

  • Honorary Member, Wisconsin Academy of Art, Science and Letters. Madison, WI.

  • Elected to the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland.

  • The John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship, highest honor bestowed by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 1983

  • Selected for inclusion, The International Biographical Dictionary. International Biographical Centre, Oxford, England.

  • Grand Prize, International Ceramics Competition in Faenza, Italy. 1976 (First American to win).

  • Special Prize for Ceramic Sculpture, International Ceramics Exhibition. Mino, Japan.

  • Three sculptural pieces chosen for display in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

  • 1996 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship. Washington, D.C.

  • Sculpture purchased by National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 1997

  • Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award. 2013

  • Ceramics and paintings purchased and held in numerous private collections

  • Numerous large commissions for permanent display including: Prudential Plaza, Chicago, IL; Outagamie County Airport, Appleton, WI; Winnebago County Corrections Facility, Oshkosh, WI.

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